Scotland’s Council Leaders have this afternoon (Friday) publicly condemned and stated their fundamental opposition to the UK Government’s two child limit policy and the exceptions for children born as a result of non-consensual sex.

Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA Spokesperson for Community Well-being said: “COSLA is fundamentally opposed to both the UK Government’s broader two child limit and to its approach to exceptions for children “conceived as a result of non-consensual sex”.

“I am pleased that Scottish Local Government has come together to condemn policies which place survivors of rape under unnecessary stress by potentially having to prove their case again and relive their traumatic experience. It is also of deep concern to councils that our workforce will be responsible for applying part of this policy.

“We will be campaigning for these policies to be withdrawn and look forward to working with our partners in the third sector and other agencies in Scotland on this. In the meantime, we will work with the Scottish Government and others to develop guidance which prioritises the safety and rights of survivors and their families.”

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Fri, 25/08/2017 - 13:11